Blurb: Leaving London and her ex-husband Luc behind, Katie and her 14-year-old daughter Poppy move into their very own, very ramshackle cottage near the village of Christmas Steepleton on the Dorset coast. Harvest Cottage has been unloved for many years, so the job of bringing it back to life is a slow and expensive one. So, with funds running low, Katie jumps at the chance when a film company asks to use the cottage as a location. But even as things are looking up, as harvest time passes and autumn chill starts to bite, the prospect of a cold winter in the country is daunting. Some light relief comes from new friend Gabriel, so different from Katie’s exuberant but arrogant ex Luc. Will their friendship blossom into something more romantic, or will the reality of a tough country winter send her and Poppy scurrying back to the comforts of town?
Review: This is the first book I’ve read from Jane Lovering, and it won’t be the last! This is a sweet, real feel-good story about divorcee Katie, who buys a rundown cottage away from the bright lights of London… and her cheating ex.
Into her new life come the bossy Granny Mary, and a film crew as Katie’s making up for her loss of income by hiring the cottage out to a film director. And then there’s Gabriel.
I loved the balance of family saga and romance, though there were a couple of things that bothered me – Gabriel’s sight is supposed to be declining, but he could still pick up on expressions inside Katie’s dimly lit cottage? Hmm.